Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is 80 Days, an incredibly entertaining interactive fiction game where you play as world traveler Phileas Fogg’s faithful valet. It offers 150 cities to explore and a wealth of decisions to make in order to carve your own path around the globe.
Here’s a little more background on the game via its App Store page:
Playing as Phileas Fogg’s loyal valet, Passepartout, you must balance your master’s health, your finances, and the time, as you choose your own path from city to city all the way around the world. Bribe your way onto early departures, but don’t let yourself go bankrupt or you’ll be sleeping rough and begging for aid! Trade items for profit, and collect the equipment for the conditions you’ll face: but too much luggage will slow you down…
80 DAYS is a breakneck race, with an in-game clock that never stops running. Trains, steamers, hot-air balloons, boats, camels, horses and more leave and arrive minute by minute.
Every city and journey is narrated via an interactive story where you control every action. Will your choices speed you up – or lead you into disaster? Will you earn Fogg’s trust and respect? Will you uncover the secrets and short-cuts that can shave days off your time? Murder, romance, rebellion and intrigue await!
The app is network-connected, with a live feed that shows you the position of all the other players of the game, their routes, triumphs and disasters. You can race to be the fastest – or look ahead to learn the secrets of the world.
Share your own journey with friends, and load other’s routes directly into your app so you can race head-to-head.
The game is fascinating and addictive right from the off. I found myself 15 days into it when I only intended to have a quick look and get back to really playing it at a later time. Like a great adventure story, the game has you wanting to explore more with each page you move through.
The dialog is beautifully written and the options for your valet character are interesting and fun to tackle.
The illustrations are also gorgeous and perfectly fit the narrative as it moves forward.
One more nice feature of the game is that it doesn’t include any In-App purchases – you get the full experience for its price of $4.99.
80 Days is a truly immersive game, one that I look forward to spending lots more time with and getting my 11 year old daughter engaged with. Heck, this might even distract her from Minecraft once she gets to know it.
Here’s an App Store link for 80 Days for the iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.